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UCF CARES

Safety and Wellbeing

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Concern Form

For Students: Are you worried about a friend and you don't know where else to turn for help? You may have tried to give someone advice. You may have tried to help someone by giving them advice or taking them to counseling or other helpful resources, but have not seen changes in a person’s attitude or behaviors that are still causing you concern. The Student of Concern process can assist a student by motivating them and getting them connected with the right resources.

UCF faculty and staff: Are you a faculty or staff member who is concerned about a student? Please use our Student of Concern form to contact us. This form may be found by clicking here.

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Responding to a Bias Incident

I feel that I am a victim on a bias incident: The Just Knights Response Team (JKRT) is committed to providing a safe and inclusive campus experience. Justice for All Knights is our commitment to addressing instances of bias on campus. The JKRT team is here to provide assistance in the unfortunate event that you have experienced or witnessed a hate or bias related incident. This site is designed to allow the reporting of bias incidents to the JKRT team to ensure the most appropriate university response. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming living and learning community for all our students.

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Getting Enough to Eat

I am struggling with getting enough to eat: Knights Helping Knights Pantry is a student run initiative that provides food and toiletries to fellow Knights in need. We are located in Ferrell Commons connected to All Knight Study II. For more information you can call 407-UCF-FOOD.

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Finding Stable Housing

Are you or someone you know currently living without stable housing? If a student is living on a friend’s couch or in a car, Student Rights and Responsibilities can assist with finding temporary housing, financial support, and academic resources.

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Getting a Safe Ride Home

The Safe Ride program provides UCF students with a free cab ride home. Students must have a Safe Ride voucher to redeem their cab ride. Each student may have only one voucher in their possession at any time. Students may obtain additional vouchers 61 days or more after redemption of a previous voucher.

Sexual Violence

Victim Services

Knowing Victims’ Rights and Options

If you have been harmed or impacted directly or indirectly by dating violence, domestic violence, threats, harassment, sexual violence, stalking or any other type of crime, violence or abuse, contact a victim advocate who can inform you of all your rights and options. Call the confidential 24/7 Advocacy and Support hotline at 407-823-1200.

Not Alone

Coping with Sexual Assault

Notalone.gov features information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools. Find a crisis service, learn more about your rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.

UCF Shield

UCF Shield

A new resource that comprehensively addresses sexual misconduct—including sexual assault, stalking, and harassment—by explaining what it is, what to do if it happens, where to go for support, and more.

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File a Title IX Report

The University of Central Florida will not tolerate sexual misconduct or harmful behavior which occurs on or off the UCF campus. Sexual misconduct and other harmful behavior include sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Any disclosures of sexual misconduct will be taken seriously. This website describes reporting options, resources and rights for students who have been victims of sexual misconduct or harmful behaviors.

Mental Health

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Dealing with an Immediate Crisis

I am in crisis and need immediate help: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides crisis intervention services during normal business hours. To be seen for an emergency appointment, call their office or simply walk into the center. Be sure to inform the receptionist that you are experiencing a crisis and they will make every effort to respond to your situation as quickly as possible. For afterhours services, call 407-823-2811 and press #5 to be connected to a live clinician who is available to assist as needed.

Healthcare Appointments

Making Healthcare and Psychiatry Appointments

UCF Student Health Services provides a variety of primary and specialty care services to help keep students at their optimum health. The Main Health Center is located on the Main Campus, and satellite clinics are located at Knights Plaza by the CFE Arena, at the Rosen campus and Health Sciences campus. Our services are designed with students' needs in mind. Appointments are FREE for UCF students who have paid the activity and service fee. A referral is required prior to scheduling with a psychiatrist. This referral may be obtained from a previous medical or mental health provider, from one of our primary care providers, or from the UCF Counseling Center. Please have your previous psychiatric records sent to the UCF Health Center prior to your initial appointment. Please contact Health Service directly for more information.

Academic Support

Requesting Accomodations

Requesting Accommodations

The mission of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal access to participate in and benefit from educational opportunities within the UCF community. This is accomplished by collaborating with faculty, colleges and departments in providing academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.

KARS

KARS

The Knights Academic Resource Services (KARS) coalition provides students a one-stop virtual experience geared towards academic success. By navigating this website you will find the most up-to-date information about the various UCF academic resources available on the Orlando campus, as well as helpful academic services that any student would want to have at his or her fingertips. Each unit has one common goal; to put you in the driver’s seat on your successful journey towards your degree. Whether you need to find a quiet place to study, tutoring for a course, have your laptop fixed or learn how to start a research paper, you can find those services and a whole lot more right here. Take a ride with KARS on your road to success.

Miscellaneous Resources

Seeking Legal Guidance

The office of Student Legal Services provides enrolled students at UCF with legal counseling and court representation in various areas of the law. Cases which are not covered by the program guidelines are referred to appropriate agencies or private attorneys through a lawyer referral service.

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Finding Employment on Campus

We understand that many students might not know where to go to find employment opportunities. Knight Link is a database that holds current positions for on and off campus jobs. Please review the link below for more information. If you would like additional assistance with finding on-campus employment, please contact UCF Cares and a team member will meet with you. Continue to check our website to see updates on jobs fairs and other on-campus positions.

Seeking Resources for Veterans and Dependents

The Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) understand that veterans and dependents have unique needs on a college campus. VARC provides free GI bill assistance, quiet study rooms, tutoring, career/academic counseling, referrals, advocacy, and peer mentoring. You do not need to be using benefits in order to use these services - all vets and dependents are welcome!

Community Resources

The Community Resources map displays the locations of local service organizations that offer affordable mental healthcare, primary healthcare, and shelters in the counties that are home to UCF's regional campuses: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Volusia, Seminole, and Marion. Click the map to zoom in to a particular area in which you are looking for services. For a complete PDF guide click here

Support Groups

Group Counseling Resources

During each semester of the academic year, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers undergraduate and graduate students a number of groups and workshops. These services focus on a wide range of issues related to their needs.

SMART Recovery

For Self-Management & Recovery Training

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.

NAMI

NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.

Founded in 1979, NAMI is a national organization and has become the nation’s voice on mental illness. NAMI includes affiliates in every state and more than 1,100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through support, advocacy, education, and research.

AOD

Alcohol and Other Drugs

If you are struggling with an addiction, or just want to talk about your use habits, call 407-823-0196 to make an appointment. All voluntary intervention services are provided free of charge to students.

CRC

Collegiate Recovery Community

Are you a UCF student in recovery from substance abuse or dependency? Are you struggling to find your niche on campus or find a way to enjoy the “college experience” and manage your recovery? The Collegiate Recovery Community is a support network of students who share a common goal, sustain a healthy drug-free lifestyle and create lasting friendships.

UCF Cares has an extensive list of community resources. Please contact UCF Cares for more information and customized referrals.